Georgians, Caucasians, and the Invention of Race

Special event
Event Format
In person
CGIS South Building, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Charles King, professor of international affairs and government at Georgetown University, is our guest speaker for the 2023 Ilia Chavchavadze Lecture. Every year, the Davis Center's Program on Georgian Studies invites a prominent scholar to address a topic in the field of Georgian and South Caucasian studies. Professor King’s most recent book, the award-winning New York Times bestseller Gods of the Upper Air (2019), is a fascinating primer to the questions he will address in his lecture on the origins and exploration of identity, diversity, and race in the Caucasus. His earlier works on the Caucasus include The Black Sea (2004) and The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus (2008).




The Program on Georgian Studies is an activity of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University and is made possible by a sponsored research award from the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia.


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